There’s one car that stands out from the crowd, and it’s the only car in the game that is based directly on a vehicle from our world. It’s a classic Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera from 1977, and of course it has to be one of them. CD Projekt Red told us about the making of Johnny’s nine-eleven here at the roadshow, and we have to say we’re impressed.
Johnny Silverhand was an ex-veteran, according to in-game lore, and the head of a band called Samurai until they split up in 2008. He was also known as one of the figureheads in the fight against the mega-corporations that were beginning to dominate the cultural, economic and political landscape. His car should be a reflection of all of this.
For example, the color scheme uses hazy green to represent military service, a red stripe to draw on Samurai’s preferred color scheme, and silver because Silverhand, duh. The game’s designers left many of the 911’s famous features intact, but added just enough futuristic greebles to believably incorporate it into the other cars in Night City.
The car’s exterior mirrors have been replaced with cameras, the license plates are reasonably futuristic, and the game designers even added lidar and interior screens that appear believably grafted. The rest of the vehicle interior, including its amazing green color scheme, is accurate except for the steering wheel and the style and shape of the seats. The only thing missing is the gear lever, but thanks to Jakub Przybolewski, CD Projekt Red’s Senior Vehicle Artist, we know why.
“Right, the engine of our Cyberpunk 2077 Porsche 911 Turbo has been reproduced practically 1: 1. We have only added a few necessary elements so that this classic from 1977 can run on biofuel (CHOOH2) with a customer-specific exhaust system. The transmission has been thanks to a Automated control that takes over the original manual transmission and enables the automatic shifting of gears. With this solution, the classic can also drive on the streets of Night City in autonomous mode.
If you’re not a certified Porsche fan, you might want a little history lesson with the 911 Turbo, or as it is known in enthusiastic circles, the 930. The original 930 was released in the US as the Turbo Carrera in 1976 and put that name on for Year on.
In Turbo Carrera form, the 930 had a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and no intercooler and developed 256 hp. In 1978 the Carrera name was dropped, an intercooler was added along with an additional 0.3 liters of displacement, and power rose to an astounding 296 horsepower and 304 pound-feet of torque at the time. The turbo continued largely unchanged until 1989 when it got a five-speed gearbox.
Oh, the last thing worth mentioning about Johnny Silverhand’s car? It’s drivable in the game and I’m absolutely keen to get into some hairy situations with the game launching on November 19th. You can find more information about Cyberpunk on our sister site, Gamespot. Oh, and if you’re lucky enough to be in and around Stuttgart, Porsche has recreated the car in real life and will be on display in front of the Porsche Museum until October 22nd.
In Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves drives a classic Porsche 911 Turbo
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